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Windows 7: Best Firewall

08 Sep 2011   #31

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE


Somehow, I didn't get a notification of your last post, and am just reading it.

Without a doubt, your situation would have me very concerned. But I wouldn't necessarily turn to a software firewall on my PC as my first line of defense to prevent it from happening....I'd rather figure out why the first line of defense products are not working.
While I understand your intent, and don't find fault in it, I must add that it isn't a matter of relying on a second line of defense. I consider both lines of equal importance. However, I must admit that I am less familiar with the router's settings, and have only been using what was initially set when I first got it. Therefore, I shall review them and see what I can find.

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08 Sep 2011   #32

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seekermeister View Post
I consider both lines of equal importance.
And that is the important part, if you consider them both as necessary then by all means implement both. For myself personally, I haven't ever found myself in a situation where having a more robust firewall on the Windows side would have alleviated any issues. More often than not, when I have played with more complex windows firewalls, they have simply broken internal network communications that I use and I have spent time and effort trying to get them configured to allow what I want to run...all the while...they never really stopped any external threat..which was the whole point of having it in place. If I didn't have a hardware based firewall on my router, than without question I would have a stronger security stance on the PC itself, but I have found my router to be completely effective and stopping the unwanted traffic.
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